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ARC predicts Motion Control Systems Market to Reach $7.8 Billion

ARC predicts Motion Control Systems Market to Reach $7.8 Billion
Dedham, Massachusetts; August 22, 2007: The globally expanding general motion control market (GMC) is fueled by greater capabilities and regional expansion which will lead to strong growth going forward. The worldwide market for GMC systems is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 7.0% over the next five years, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.

The market for GMC systems is being driven by new growth taking place in the developing regions of Asia. An expansion, driven in part by a shift of the semiconductor industry, has occurred from industrialized high wage economies to areas where production costs are far cheaper. In addition, new technologies have made older style machines obsolete as new form factors have presented a clear value proposition to upgrade. “Modular drive and motor components have enabled a step change in machine design allowing OEMs to improve on traditional designs in a myriad of ways. This technology has afforded machine builders a great deal more flexibility in design,” according to Analyst Stefan Surpitski, the principal author of ARC’s “General Motion Control Worldwide Outlook.”

Expansion of the Semiconductor Industry
The semiconductor industry, in particular, did very well with a capital expenditure growth rate of over 11%. GMC systems are a core element in the machinery used to produce semiconductor components. The GMC systems sold in the semiconductor market require and are equipped with higher precision and far greater dynamic performance. A large majority of applications in this sector require custom engineered solutions, which contribute to the higher value of these solutions. The higher rate of growth in this market, when compared to the other industry segments, is attributed to both an increase in volume and sales of higher value systems.

Multiple Technologies Converge
The role of individual packaging machines is broadening as businesses adjust to the real time market pull. This requires machinery to be a flexible resource on the factory floor with a greater purpose in maximizing utilization throughout its lifetime. This flexibility simply creates a greater operational range, which has led OEM machine builders toward solutions that combine automation technology from a wide range of domains. Specifically, packaging lines and individual machines continue to witness the convergence of robotics, general motion control technology, and vision integrated with machinery, making it easier to commission, configure, and adapt to the day-to-day variation in production requirements. Packaging machine solutions that are adaptable to a wider range of manufactured products are increasingly incorporating the latest GMC and robotic capabilities.

About ARC: Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group has grown to become the Thought Leader in Manufacturing and Supply Chain solu-tions. No matter how complex your business issues, our analysts have the expert industry knowledge and first-hand experience to help you find the best answer. We focus on simple yet critical goals: improving your return on assets, operational performance, total cost of ownership, project time-to-benefit, and shareholder value.

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